Attention Australian Banks and Telcos! You May Soon have to Follow Secure-by-design Principles for Software Engineering Teams

The Quad nations - Australia, the United States, Japan, and India - have published joint principles for secure software after a meeting in Hiroshima.
26 May 2023
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Australia's banks and telecommunication companies may soon be required to follow secure software principles agreed upon by "The Quad" nations, which includes Australia, the United States, Japan, and India. 

The principles were published after a recent meeting in Hiroshima and apply to government and suppliers to the government. 

Software vendors to the government must provide proof of their compliance with secure software practices and participate in a national vulnerability disclosure program. 

The guidelines also require governments to take care of risks on their side by implementing adequate controls and committing to an expedient incident response.

 Home Affairs Secretary, Mike Pezzullo, stated that software and service providers to the government should examine their practices by reading the principles. 

Additionally, Pezzullo raised the possibility that the principles may also be applied more broadly outside software supply to banks and telecommunication companies.

- CyberBeat


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